TONIGHT – Nov. 20th, Discovery Speaker – Dayv Lowry

November 20,  7:00 – 8:30 pm, LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE. Olympia

WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientists Talk about Forage Fish – Why Puget Sound’s salmon and birds depend on them!

Dayv Lowry and other experts will teach us about Forage Fish – What are they and why are they so important? Also, how can citizen science help us learn more about population dynamics?

7:00 – 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30). Come early to enjoy LOTT’s Wet Science Center’s educational fresh water related exhibits and interactive displays and visit with SSEA friends.

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December 21st Turn of the Tides Festival


Turn of the Tides Festival

December 21, 2014, 11am – 3 pm

South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia

The South Sound Estuary Association presents the Turn of the Tides Festival! Come Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the South Sound Estuarium for a free family friendly event! Come participate in fun activities, arts and crafts, educational booths with partner organizations, chowder and warm beverages, plus much more to come! Don’t miss out on this exciting event! Free admission to the Estuarium all day!

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November Activities at the Estuarium

November 1st/2nd – Spooky Marine Creatures of the Deep
Halloween weekend, come by and learn about those especially spooky species of the Puget Sound waters with hands on activities and myths about what lives in the depths of the Salish sea.

November 8th/9th – Marine Mammals of the Puget Sound  Which critters visit us in the South Sound? When? How often?

November 15th/16th – Movements: Birds and Salmon
The journeys taken by species that move from place to place. How do they move throughout the Sound?

Sunday December 22nd, the annual Turn of the Tides Festival, time and place TBD.

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Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina – continues this winter

Join South Sound Estuary Association marine educators at Boson Harbor Marina for Pier Peer nighttime underwater lighting events on Friday nights year round. Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures. Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights. Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before!

Sign up now for a winter outing, start time is 7 pm.

Please bring your own flashlight (one per person is ideal), wear non-slip shoes and dress for the weather. Children under 5 are not advised. Each between child 6 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a life vest for your child if you have one. There are some available at the marina if you don’t have one.

Cost: $10 for 12 and older. Children 6 – 11 that accompany an adult are free. Event is not appropriate for children under 6. PLEASE no more than 2 children per adult.

Due to dock weight limit maximum space available is 20 people.

Note: If we do not have 10 adult/youth reservations, we reserve the right to cancel that month’s event. All registered participants will receive email notice of cancellation and be given a change to register for an upcoming event.

To register, click on the Pier Peer tab.  Registration  links at the bottom of the page.

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SSEA Benefit Cruise Rescheduled to October 12th

Did you want to go on today’s benefit cruise, but the day didn’t work.  Well you are in luck!  We have 25 spaces available for the 12th.  

Today’s Benefit Cruise had to be rescheduled.  It will now be held on Sunday, October 12th, from 2 – 5 pm.  It leaves from the Port Plaza Dock (in front of Anthony’s Restaurant.)  Most ticket holders are available for the 12th, but not all.

Click the link below and reserve your space for a day on the water, good food, conversation, marine education (learn about plankton).



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URGENT:  “MY GIRL” has engine problems and will NOT get to Olympia for today’s cruise.  
CRUISE IS RESCHEDULED for October 12, same time and location.
PLEASE respond to center@sseacenter, and let us know you/your group will be joining us on the 12th.
If that date can’t work for you, we will give you priority space on next year’s cruise.
If neither option works for you, please consider a donation of your cruise ticket amount.
SSEA is a small non-profit with a budget that depends on the income from the cruise, our major fundraiser.  If you need a refund, please request it.
South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
360 280-4069
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Tickets still available for Sept 28th Benefit Cruise

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See Puget Sound from the water! Enjoy a wonderful day! Good Food! Marine Education! FUN!

All proceeds support South Sound Estuary Association programs and services!


When: September 28, 2014

Time: 2 – 5 pm

Where: Leaving from Port of Olympia Plaza Public Dock

JOIN IN THE FUN and BENEFIT SSEA’s marine and estuary education programs for 2015.

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2014/2015 Discovery Speaker Series opens Sept. 18th

2014/2015 Discovery Speaker Servies begins Thursday, Sept. 18th.  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  7:00 – 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30). Come early to enjoy LOTT’s educational center and visit with SSEA friends

September 18, Dr. Ben Miner, “Lastest Findings on Sea Star Wasting Disease

Dr. Ben Miner from Western Washington University, expert in Ecology and Evolution of Marine Invertebrates, will teach us about the latest findings on Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. In 2013 & 2014, sea stars along the coast west coast of North America died in large numbers. The die-off is attributed to sea star wasting syndrome, but the proximate cause is not known. To better understand the causes and ecological impacts of the syndrome, Dr. Miner’s lab is working on laboratory experiments and field surveys.

Dr. Miner will cover what scientists are studying to learn more about the cause
and will share the latest findings. He will also provide an overview of the extent
of wasting in Puget Sound. The talk will also present documented and expected changes in the food web of South Puget Sound.

News stories about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome:


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September 10, “Shorebird Scouting at Tolmie State Park”

September 10th, 4 – 6:30 pm “Shorebird Scouting at Tolmie State Park”
Shorebird Scouting at Tolmie Sept 10, 4pm – about 6:30pm.

FREE but Registration Required! Click here to register. Limited to 30 people.

The tidal estuaries of Puget Sound & Gray’s Harbor play an important role in the seasonal migrations of several species of shorebirds. As the first winter storms hit their breeding grounds in the Arctic, the shorebirds group up and fly south in marathon journeys that rapidly deplete their fat stores. They need to stop periodically and refuel: those fat polychaete worms we watched throughout the summer at our beaches are a key food item for many of these birds.
The fall migration tends to peak around the third week of September in our area.
We will meet at Tolmie within this migration window to check out the shorebirds that might be using this estuary. As far as we know, this beach has not been formally evaluated for its use by shorebirds, so this will be a scouting trip. We may see one killdeer, or we may see mixed flocks of 10+ species in large groups.
We will find a place to sit quietly on the upper beach, settle in and let the incoming tide push feeding birds closer to our binoculars and scopes.

DETAILS: MEET at the beach picnic tables down the trail off the lower parking lot.
Bring layers of warm clothes, binoculars and/or spotting scopes and a chair to sit on.
DO NOT bring dogs; they are very disturbing to the birds. Kids are welcome if they can sit quietly for 2 hours.
A basic bird field guide is useful. If you want a specialty book on shorebirds a recommended one is The Shorebird Guide by Michael O’Brien, available through Amazon.

Beach Naturalist Janet Partlow will be leading this scouting trip. She studied shorebirds at Manomet Bird Observatory’s Field Biologist Training Program and volunteered for several years with Joe Buchanan / Cascadia Research Collective, participating in International Shorebird Surveys in Puget Sound and Hood’s Canal. She did shorebird surveys at Kennedy Creek for many years. She has taught classes on shorebirds, their life histories and identification.

Dunlin, wintering at Budd Inlet. dunlin

PLEASE – NO dogs or restless kids. Remember your discover pass.

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September 28th, 2 – 5 pm Benefit Cruise

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6th Annual “Cruising for the Sound”, a benefit for South Sound Estuary Association, aboard the 90 person yacht, My Girl.

See the South Puget Sound from the water! Enjoy a wonderful day!  Good Food! Marine Education! FUN!

Support SSEA!  Click on 6th Annual Cruise to reserve your space.

When: September 28, 2014 

Where: Leaving from Port of Olympia Plaza Public Dock

Time: 2 – 5 pm


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